Originally Posted by stvgray
My dad died recently, and the set of almost unused HP 1000s I gave him years ago has come back into my hands.
These are HP 3's. They are in almost new condition, except that the earpads have rotted away. I've ordered a new pair. They have whatever were the standard cables on HP3s at the time -- not upgraded.
I had a pair of these myself, but I sold them years ago.
Once I get these up and running, I may sell them. What should I expect to get for them?
I'm very sorry for your family's loss. I’d keep the HP1000's along with the happy memories of your dad.
I’d also order several sets of replacement flat pads from “Todd the Vinyl Junkie”. Todd bought out most of the replacement pads for the HP1000 phones from Grado Labs and seems to be the best source for original pads, according to Joe. Todd charges twice what Grado Labs once did for these, which while unfortunate, is why he still has them in stock I suppose.
Also Joe’s advice, regarding extending the life of the pads, is to periodically wash them in a mild solution of “Dawn for Dishes” and warm water and then to thoroughly rinse them out before letting them air dry. While one set is drying you can enjoy one of the other sets of pads.
Joe has also cautioned me against leaving my headphones in direct contact with the original blue foam inserts which accompanied the phones when they were new. He has noticed, in restoring headphones sent to him over the years, in many cases this blue material has disintegrated – just like the foam pads – and is just a mess to try to debris from the innards of the headphones when restoring them – even for an old watchmaker like himself.
When I sent my first set of HP-1000’s to him for restoration (some HP1’s) when he finished them I noticed he didn’t include the blue foam inserts with the original box when he returned my headsets. This was initially very upsetting to me and at first I just thought that as he was in his 80’s Joe had just forgotten to include them. However, as I didn't want to upset the master, I kept silent over the matter.
Several years later, when we were sitting on his screen porch and just talking, he brought the subject of the blue foam up. He mentioned that he just routinely pitches those inserts when folks send them to him along with the headphones and then went on to explain why he does so.
What he and I do with our headsets is to neatly curl the headphone cable, so as to follow its natural lay (if the headset has been fairly well taken care of over the years that is and the cable still has a natural lay to it). We then store our headsets inside a 1 gallon zip-lock bag when they are not in use.
Lastly, I would also insure them for a minimum of $2,300. A set such as you have described (you can trace them from the original purchase or you own a set which has been authenticated by Joe himself as genuine) is currently worth every penny of at least this amount and will only grow in value with the passage of time.
Again, if it were me I would say to enjoy your headphones, think back on the happy times spent with your father also why you had purchased them for him in the first place. Enjoy as well the sounds of life as heard through these marvels and remember; what we don’t record, we lose.